A while back Susan, a friend in one of the women's leadership discipleship missional communities I co-lead, wrote an email commenting to the group that we're not like her other friends…we're not normal.
Thank God we're not normal!
After a lively exchange she sent the following reply:
No...WE are not normal.
1.conforming to the standard or the common type; usual; regular
That is what I meant, when I said my other friends are 'normal', and that our missional community of women leaders are not.
We don't conform to the standard, regular way of living. We are trying to live our lives the way God has designed us to.
We live Designer Lives, rather than Fred Meyer Lives :)
"As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. … But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy."
1 Peter 2:4-5, 9-10, ESV
We are supposed to stand out as a spiritual house, a holy priesthood loving God, loving each other, and loving everyone around us. As his people we should not look normal!
Kathy, another woman in our missional community, wrote back, "Praise God that we are not normal and don't conform to this world. We are supposed to stand out, right? That's what we are being taught in this community."
How about you? Are you normal?
HT: Susan VN and Kathy D